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The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern.
Temperate Europe, Asia and North America. Red Admirals tend to be found in moist environments such as marshes, woods, fields, and well-watered gardens. These butterflies cannot stand extreme winter cold and are forced to migrate southward during the winter months to warmer climates. The caterpillar occurs usually where the most important foodplant, the common nettle (Urtica dioica) occurs.
Spotted this butterfly in Hacıosman korusu in Istanbul. I think I've seen at least a dozen while I was there.
Spotted on Nov 4, 2013
Submitted on Nov 4, 2013